I recently tried some alternative therapy (Private Subconscious mind Therapy). I felt it worked, and I felt like I received some direction in my life. I got this overwhelming urge to drop everything and go travelling.

For years I’ve felt like I’ve been trapped, and I keep doing the same thing over and over and over again. I still live at home and have a semi-toxic relationship with my parents. I’m not working and I hate the admin jobs I’m qualified for. I’ve pretty much given up on completing my degree. I just want to get out!

After the therapy it was all so clear – take off, no matter what anyone says, get out into the world and find spiritual enlightenment. I was so excited. This was it - the turning point.

Then I hit Google for some research, and my rational mind won over. A lot of places are in less than desirable provinces, especially for young(ish) single women. I made the mistake of watching the movie “Taken” (keywords = girls, Paris, kidnap, sex trade). I started doubting myself – this was just one of those stupid ideas I get occasionally.

But now it’s nagging at me again. I have the money. I don’t have any commitments holding me back. There are thousands of backpackers who return home safely. This is just the kind of adventurous thing I need to do. I can do it, even if the voice in my head says I can’t.

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Comment by April West on December 11, 2010 at 9:58pm

thanks for the advice Penguin, I'm a sucker for plans, so I'm not likely to take off without every last detail mapped out :-)

Comment by Penguin on December 10, 2010 at 5:52am

I tried that traveling bit two years ago, not the cleverest thing I've done. Anyways, if you do go for it make sure you're prepared with gear, a plan and the conviction that the decision isn't just the outcome of a whimsical sentiment. Also, don't burn any bridges and always maintain access to money that can buy you a ticket home.

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on December 9, 2010 at 8:58pm

Whatever you do, just be safe.  Protect yourself at all costs.  Plan it well and make sure you research how to stay safe in advance.  Travelling can be a great experience as long as you're smart about it.  

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